The Kazakh girls and the Thai boys shined in the semi-finals of the Eindhoven Box Cup
The Eindhoven Box Cup is a developing international elite competition which saw record number of nations in the Netherlands. Kazakhstan’s future hopes in women’s boxing as Angelina Lukas, Zhansaya Abdraimova and Sandugash Abilkhan all won their semi-finals. Thailand’s teenagers in this event Khunatip Pidnuch, Youth Olympic Champion Atichai Phoemsap and Peerapat Yeasungnoen were all excellent in the day of the semi-finals.
Among the Asian nations, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Hong Kong all sent teams to the Eindhoven Box Cup. ASBC Vice-President Mr. Chaiwat Chotima travelled with the Thai team to follow the development of their teenagers. ASBC Executive Committee member Mr. Dian Gomes is also working in the event to support the Sri Lankan team.
Kazakhstan’s Angelina Lukas has done an impressive job at the Nations Women’s Cup in Serbia earlier this year but her success over France’s Gloria D’Almeida is still a top result for the 22-year-old Central Asian. Another Kazakh flyweight (51kg) girl, two-time AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Zhansaya Abdraimova bowed out a veteran rival, France’s Delphine Mancini using her impressive footwork. Sandugash Abilkhan had to meet also with a French girl Miriam Sidibe but she was succeeded at the lightweight (60kg) on Day2.
Thailand’s Ammarit Yaodam moved back to the flyweight (52kg) but he was enough quick to eliminate England’s National Champion Hamza Mehmood in the semi-final. Thailand’s Khunatip Pidnuch is a 19-year-old talent at the lightweight (63kg) who switched from Muay Thai to Olympic boxing only this year but his strong martial arts roots delivered for him a close success over Netherlands’ Cas Van Peer who claimed bronze in the 2018 EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships.
Thailand’s Atichai Phoemsap won the big three in 2018, the Youth Olympic Games, the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and the ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships. The 19-year-old talent was named as the Best Boxer of the Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament and he arrived to Eindhoven in better physical skills. The rising star dominated the first round against Sri Lanka’s Dhananjaya Weerasinghe when his footwork was in different level. Phoemsap landed amazing shots in the second round and he was better than his Sri Lankan rival in all aspects of boxing.
Thailand’s next 19-year-old talent in action was Peerapat Yeasungnoen who claimed bronze in the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The Thai welterweight (69kg) boxer developed his physical skills in the recent months and looked fresh and energetic in his semi-final against Netherlands’ Delano James who won his opening contest in the Yekaterinburg 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships. Yeasungnoen was quicker than his nine-year older Dutch opponent today and advanced to the final of the Eindhoven Box Cup where his last challenge will be held against Ireland’s Kieran Molloy.
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